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Owner Steve Birch works from behind the counter at Boutwell's Bowling Center in Concord on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Birch is retiring after 46 years.
 
(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

After 40 years in the family, Boutwell’s Bowling Center to change hands

Monday, December 22, 2014

After 46 years at Boutwell’s Bowling Center in Concord, owner Steve Birch is preparing to sell the lanes and spend a little more time with his family. But he won’t be checking in his bowling shoes for the final time. “I wouldn’t just sell the place and walk away for good,” he said. “It’s been too big a part of …

Downtown: Soup Gallery closes its doors, but not its kitchen

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Soup Gallery has closed its eatery in downtown Concord, but its chef plans to continue catering and selling soups at other area restaurants. Owner Natalia Strong said the cafe has been successful – but when the time came to renew her lease, she opted for a quieter life than that of a …

Digital director: Media companies need to adapt to new world through metrics

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ernesto Burden was recently named vice president of digital operations for Newspapers of New England, the Monitor’s parent company, which also owns the Valley News and Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in New Hampshire and several papers in Massachusetts. It’s a position he has been training to take for decades, starting his career as a paperboy …

Used goods, know-how keep Capital Sporting Goods competitive

Monday, December 22, 2014

More than just a businessman, Dave Palisi is an advocate for youth sports. The Capital Sporting Goods owner wants kids getting active and wants parents to know that it’s not as expensive as they think – yes, even …

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

Monday, December 22, 2014

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they’ll know whether “driverless” vehicles are safe. It’s a rare case …

Business people for Dec. 22, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Deputy State Fire Marshal Keith Rodenhiser recently was promoted to bureau commander in charge of the Bureau of Investigations with the Division of Fire Safety Office of the State Fire Marshal. He has been with the Division of …

Business notes for Dec. 22, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Meredith Village Savings Bank recently sponsored the NH1 Children’s Auction on WLNH. The TV auction supports children and families in need in the Lakes Region. The boards of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord …

Seafood giant is poised to reel in Bumble Bee

Monday, December 22, 2014

The American canned tuna industry is now pretty much entirely Asian-owned. Thai Union Frozen Products, already the biggest canned tuna company in the world, is on the verge of acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, the largest canned tuna company in North America, for a reported $1.5 billion. The deal, …

Sorry: vodka, caviar and mink won’t get cheaper on a weak ruble

Monday, December 22, 2014

If the ruble’s meltdown has you thinking “Perfect! Time to splurge on a fabulous fur mink and throw a caviar vodka party!” – think again. There isn’t going to be a run on Russian luxury goods, because all of the rich, exclusive things you’d typically think are made …

Seattle home a constant work in progress

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Unlike most homes you see featured in the media, this one is decidedly unfinished. Probably always will be. Because at the home/studios of artists Sherry Markovitz and Peter Millett it’s all about the journey. “I like it,” says …

On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be ‘Staff Pick’

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Want your project to get selected as a “Staff Pick” on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Good luck with that. Entrepreneurs and other users have been seeking the secret to getting their projects selected as a Staff Pick – a …

Chichester rescue has a record 64 puppies

Sunday, December 21, 2014

If you’re looking to give the gift of a puppy this holiday season, you might want to give Teresa Paradis a call. Because she has 64 of them. And that’s a lot of puppies to manage. Paradis is …

Holiday shopping season comes down to the wire

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Despite an early start, sales data provided to the Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday compared …